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Kelton, Arthur (d. 1549/50), verse chronicler, was probably a native of Shrewsbury. His parents and date of birth are unknown. Wood says he was thought to be Welsh, but Kelton himself seems to have been uncertain about his national identity. In his first published work he refers to the Welsh as 'they', but in the second he writes from the perspective of 'we Welshmen'; probably he was English by birth and language, but Welsh by descent. He was apparently a student at ...

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Stewart, William (fl. 1499–1541), chronicler and poet, was great-grandson of one of the illegitimate sons of Alexander Stewart, earl of Buchan. He was educated at St Andrews, where apparently he was a determinant in 1499, and first of the licentiates in 1501. Stewart...

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Vicars, John (1580–1652), chronicler and poet, was probably born in London. Orphaned when young, he was brought up and educated on the charity of Christ's Hospital, London. As a penniless young man he was enabled by a stroke of providence (a lucky find, as he recalls in his will) to study for some time at ...